Question: Does cerebral palsy affect IQ?

Cerebral Palsy does not on its own affect a persons intelligence. However, as many as 30-50% of children with CP have some form of cognitive impairment caused by a coexisting condition.

Does cerebral palsy cause intellectual disability?

1 in 2 people with cerebral palsy have an intellectual disability. 1 in 5 people have a moderate to severe intellectual disability. Generally, the greater the level of a persons physical impairment, the more likely it is that they will have an intellectual disability.

Does cerebral palsy affect thinking?

Sometimes, a childs Cerebral Palsy will only affect his or her physical functioning. However, about 30 to 50 percent of children with Cerebral Palsy have some level of cognitive impairment. Children with severe Cerebral Palsy have a greater likelihood of having cognitive impairments.

Do people with cerebral palsy have mental retardation?

Cerebral palsy and mental retardation overlap to some extent. About 50%, of children with cerebral palsy have IQs within the normal range; of the remainder, about one half are severely retarded, and 10 to 20% of the severely retarded have cerebral palsy.

Do people with cerebral palsy have normal cognition?

The short answer to this question is “no – not everyone with cerebral palsy has cognitive impairments.” Many people with cerebral palsy have average or above average cognition. However, 50% of people with cerebral palsy have an intellectual disability.

Can a child with cerebral palsy talk?

If CP affects the part of the brain that controls speech, a person with CP might have trouble talking clearly or not be able to speak at all. Some people with CP also have learning disabilities or behavior problems, though many dont have these issues.

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